PPS cancels meeting while teacher talks go on

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 7:58 PM

PORTLAND – The board of the Portland Public Schools district canceled a planned meeting Wednesday to discuss a teacher union contract after negotiations were halted Monday morning.

At the time, both sides agreed to meet later in the week and said significant progress had been made on a new contract deal.

Some concensus was reached on work load definitions and health insurance payments, but not yet on salary.

Click to read the PAT’s ‘key issues of difference’

If they meet this week, a state mediator will not be available to help with the talks. PAT spokeswoman Gwen Sullivan said Tuesday’s impasse hasn’t stopped the union from working toward its goal.

“You're a little bit let down, because we really thought we had it and it got to that point,” she said. “The fact is: We are really darn close. There is no reason to stop. We will just keep on going.”

Even if the teachers eventually decide to strike, they must give the district 10 days notice before walking out.

Background: Teachers, PPS still negotiating new contract

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KGW reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.

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